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William Keith Watkins (born July 5, 1951) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

William Keith Watkins
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Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
Assumed office
January 31, 2019
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
In office
May 18, 2011 – January 31, 2019
Preceded byMark Fuller
Succeeded byEmily Coody Marks
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
In office
December 27, 2005 – January 31, 2019
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byWilliam Harold Albritton III
Succeeded byvacant
Personal details
Born
William Keith Watkins

(1951-07-05) July 5, 1951 (age 68)
Pike County, Alabama
EducationAuburn University (B.S.)
University of Alabama School of Law (J.D.)

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Education and careerEdit

Born in Pike County, Alabama, Watkins received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in 1973 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1976. He was in private practice in Alabama from 1976 to 2005.

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On September 28, 2005, Watkins was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama vacated by William Harold Albritton III. Watkins was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 21, 2005, and received his commission on December 27, 2005. He served as Chief Judge from 2011–2019. He assumed senior status on January 31, 2019.

Notable rulingEdit

In April 2017, Watkins issued an order enabling white supremacist Richard B. Spencer to speak at Auburn University despite an initial cancelation by the administrators.[1] In July 2017, Watkins found that Alabama did not need to notify formerly disenfranchised ex-felons of new legislation allowing them to vote.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sheets, Connor (April 18, 2017). "Judge issues order requiring Auburn to host Richard Spencer speech on campus Tuesday night". The Birmingham News. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  2. ^ Note, Recent Case: District Court Finds No Irreparable Injury from the State’s Lack of Notice to People with Felony Convictions upon Re-Enfranchisement, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 2065 (2018).

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